The Lenovo K8 Note is the company’s first phone with stock Android 7.1 and also the first with a dual camera setup. Priced at Rs 12,999 onwards, it will be available exclusively on Amazon India. We spent some time with the phone and found it to be an impressive offering for the price.
In terms of design, the Lenovo K8 Note does not stand-out from the crowd too much. It has a metal unibody design with the camera module and fingerprint scanner in the center while the front has the 5.5-inch display with capacitive touch navigation buttons below it. The new addition in design is a hardware key on the left side of the phone which Lenovo calls the Music Key.
The Music key lets you control playback of music on your phone (play/pause, next/previous track) and you can customize an action for the key when you do a long press on it. There is a 3.5mm audio jack on top, microUSB port on the bottom with speaker holes on each side. Also, the left side has a slot for dual nano sim and a dedicated microSD slot for storage expansion. Overall, in terms of design the phone does not look much different but has small additions that users will appreciate.
The phone has a 5.5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels which keeps things crisp on screen. Moreover, the slim bezels on the side give the phone a premium appearance and in our limited time we Found the screen to have excellent brightness with good sunlight legibility and rich colours. There is also a dedicated VR split screen mode available on the phone for use with the VR headset.
Hardware is where Lenovo aims to take a lead by offering a deca core processor on a mid-range smartphone. The phone is the first one to be powered by a Mediatek Helio X23 deca-core processor and comes in two variants – 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage. It has a large 4,000mAh battery. We did not get time to run our usual set of tests on the phone, but the phone’s interface was zippy and we had over 1.5GB RAM available for use even with over 15 apps running in the background.
Lenovo K8 Note is the first phone from the company to come with stock Android. Lenovo announced a few days back that their new phones will now come with stock Android as default. The phone unit we used was running Android 7.1.1 with the July security patch. The phone comes preloaded with Microsoft apps including Word, Powerpoint, Skype, OneNote etc.
In terms of camera, the K8 Note comes with a dual camera setup on the rear. You get a 13MP + 5MP camera with a dedicated camera mode for Bokeh effect. You also get a professional mode for advanced users. The camera impressed with good results indoors. However, video recording is limited to 1080p resolution and lacks 4k. On the front is a 13MP selfie camera with a front LED flash for use in low light. The front camera has a wide-angle lens and also offers a beauty mode.
For the price, the Lenovo K8 Note appears to be a worthy competitor to Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4 which is currently one of the best smartphone in the sub Rs 15,000 price segment. Keep an eye out for our detailed review of the Lenovo K8 Note.